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Tuesday, 14 June 1904

Mr BAMFORD (HERBERT, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister of External Affairs, upon notice -

(1)   Whether the Minister is in possession of any information as to New Guinea natives being employed in large numbers in the pearl-shelling industry of Torres Straits?

(2)   If not, whether he will cause inquiries to be made as to the truth, or otherwise, of statements which are made as to Papuans being so employed ?

(3)   Whether it is true, as has been alleged, that numbers of Japanese are being landed at Goode Island under agreement to the Clark combination, and that the Alien Immigration Act is thus being violated?

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